The Oscar Predictor: Wrap Up
Reported by Kristen - 11:52 AM 2007.02.28
Well it’s been great covering the Academy Awards for all of you this year, hopefully I’ve done a good enough job to return next awards season. Thanks again to everybody who has read and enjoyed the column. Hopefully next year will see more categories being mentioned and a smoother column.
So what is left to be said about the 79th Annual Academy Awards? Well I feel about the winners and how my predictions turned out, who got snubbed and overall thoughts on the show this year. We’re not done yet so here you go.
So if I had to think of one word to sum up this year Oscars: safe. Yes no surprises this year, nothing taboo or out of the ordinary which in this day and age is to be expected. Ellen Degeneres was chuckle worthy as the host. Robert Downey Jr., Jerry Seinfeld and the directors who present Best Director had some truly funny scenes. Other than that the awards show was just jumbled in its execution. It still felt like three hours passed you by and I don’t know how you feel, but if I never have to hear a “Dreamgirls” song get belted out it will be too soon.
Best Foreign Film
I know this wasn’t covered in the original predictions but let’s discuss the first major upset of this year. Everybody had expected “Pan’s Labyrinth” to win and I must admit that was my prediction as well. Sadly the German film, “The Lives of Others,” swooped in and took the award. While this wasn’t the biggest upset of the night, it certainly proved that anything can happen.
Best Animated Feature
Well I said “Happy Feet” and that was the winner! As happy as I am to have it win, a lot of Disney fans are appalled that “Cars” didn’t win out. While I am a Disney fan by nature, I must admit that the better man truly won.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Well looking at how the night ended overall I should have known that “The Departed” would take home the statute in its first of many victories the other night. While “Little Children” did have a more intelligent writing style, “The Departed” was definitely the darling of the night.
Best Original Screenplay
Well my personal pick “Little Miss Sunshine” snagged the Oscar away from my prediction, “The Queen.” While “The Queen” did win some larger awards, it was nice to see “Little Miss Sunshine” get some recognition for its strong point.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
By far the greatest upset for me was who ended winning this award. Tons of critics thought that Eddie Murphy was a shoe-in for this category, although his follow up film “Norbit” cause people to question. So when Alan Arkin took home the award for “Little Miss Sunshine” apparently Mr. Murphy did not take it too well, leaving after the award. Arkin did deserve the award but I don’t think I was the only one surprised by this winner.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
This category actually followed everybody’s predictions and Jennifer Hudson won for her performance in “Dreamgirls.” Jennifer Hudson does have a very unique story, former “American Idol” contestant turned Academy Award winner. Not to mention that she even got nominated over Beyonce Knowles. So while this winner wasn’t a shocker, it was nice to see a once average American win an award.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
So it seems the next couple of categories were easy to determine. Yes we all wanted Ryan Gosling to win (at least I did) but we all really knew who would win. Forest Whitaker took home the award for “The Last King of Scotland” and he did have a very moving speech, probably the best of the evening.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Once again, another no brainer with Helen Mirren taking the award for Best Actress. Mirren looked beautiful in her gown and according to Will Ferrall and Jack Black in their song; she’s definitely a hottie to them. So it was nice to see her take her rightful award.
Now I know I missed out on covering this category but I’m glad I didn’t because I would not have put any faith in Scorsese winning his Oscar. The man has definitely paid his dues to Hollywood and “The Departed” was definitely worthy of the gold. Hopefully his streak of losses has ended, and his next films will get recognition.
Well this was really anybody’s game this year. While “The Queen” looked to have a very clear advantage “The Departed” ended up beating everybody. What was once considered the underdog came out on top this year. It definitely deserved an award.